Natural Encounters, In., Training and Education Center (NEI-TEC) is proud to announce that all the recorded webinar sessions from the first week of “TEC-Talks” are now available for purchase!
If you or anyone else missed out on the “Introductory Week” webinars, they are now available for our special discount of “5 for $25.” This one time purchase will grant access to all 5 webinar sessions indefinitely!
Included in your purchase are the following webinar sessions:
Session 1: Steve Martin (President/CEO, NEI) – The Future of Zoos (Through The Eyes of a Dreamer)
Walt Disney said, “First, think. Second, believe. Third, dream. And finally, dare.”Dreaming is what made Walt Disney so successful, and what helps shape zoological facilities of the future. In this presentation, attendees will learn to create safe zones where daring to act on dreams is supported and nurtured by coworkers and daring to do what’s right instead of what’s convenient is the foundation for high performance teams and optimal animal welfare. Attendees will learn strategies for listening to an animal’s a voice through its body language and empowering animals with control to create exemplary training outcomes and solve behavioral problems, and so much more that leads to enhanced welfare.
Session 2: Training Panel – Steve Martin, Chris Jenkins (COO, NEI), Ari Bailey (Show Manager, NEI)
Training is one of the most important aspects of animal management and welfare. For this presentation attendees will be encouraged to send in training challenges, training plans, training goals, etc., for the panel members to discuss with science-based approaches to solving problems and creating predictable and reliable behavior outcomes.
Session 3: Chris Jenkins –Don’t Say Don’t: Moving Past ‘How Do I Stop My Animal From…’
“How do I stop my animal from…?” It’s a common phrase used throughout the zoo and animal training world, and one that unwittingly leads trainers to come up with punishment-based strategies in dealing with their animals’ behavior challenges. This talk will take a look into the challenges associated with training strategies that focus on the reduction or elimination of behaviors, and will outline an alternative strategy that seeks that uses adjustments to the trainer’s behavior, strategies, and environment to empower their animals to choose to do more desirable behaviors instead.
Session 4: Ari Bailey – The Art and Skill of Learning As Humans in the Animal Field
I find myself consistently surrounded by amazing people with different levels of experience in our field. I have had the opportunity to witness many of these amazing people teach and learn and in turn I have learned from these experiences. By watching others learn, not just new things but new ways to do things they have done before, I have myself become a better learner. Effective learning is a skill and an art and it takes a great teacher to encourage the growth of this skill. It also takes a motivated learner who has the drive to grow this skill. It isn’t always easy to learn, making mistakes is a huge part of the learning process and how you deal with the consequences of those mistakes will shape your future experiences. Sometimes it is easy to forget that the same science we apply to training animals also applies to ourselves and our colleagues.
Session 5: Dr.Susan Friedman, PhD (Behavior+Works) – What’s Emotion Got To Do With It
All behavior is emotional. In this talk, participants will learn an important view of emotions that draws on both contemporary neuroscience and behavior analysis. Understanding more about how conditions influence emotions and emotional behavior is both personally empowering and will improve animal welfare, as well.